same region of the country that santorum has won in. he has won in the midwest and the south, and you have kansas, and you've got mo m and you have mississippi and you have got alabama. now the romney strategy is to go for delegates, so he has to play there, and he cannot avoid playing in every state now. he goes there for delegate, and can he add to the lead? he comes out potentially with four losses in four republican states, important republican states which he can win i believe right now with gingrich in the race. after those states as we move the april, he can't do it. gingrich has to get out at that point, but he might well, despite the defiance now, if he continues the lose in southern states, in missouri, in kansas, i think that at that point, he may well get out, and then santorum has to elevate the game and become a better speaker. he has to have more organization and raise money off of the victories. if he does that, he goes tone tough places like illinois, but one-on-one with ron paul in and based one-on-one against romney, he can do it. gingrich does not have to get out right away based on the ability to win the two southern states with gingrich in there. but after that, he cannot do it without gingrich leaving the race. >> thank you, mark halperin, for that. if gingrich stays in and romney loses the states with the non-romney vote divided between gingrich and rick santorum, that is even worse for romney than to lose it to a solo candidate. >> and you know, romney to a southern state can't get above 28%, so obviously the two can mix up the vote, and one of them can win. >> msnbc's coverage of super tuesday continues just after this, and again though, the big news out of super tuesday out of this past hour is that the state of ohio is going to mitt romney after a very long night, and very closely fought race with rick santorum. stay with us. we will be right back.